The Munich Opera Festival 2019

General Music Director Kirill Petrenko opens the Festival Summer on 27 June and directs the new production of Richard Strauss' Salome. For the first time, the festival is preceded by a prologue: among others, the campus project EVE UND ADAM is celebrating its premiere even before the official beginning of the festival. The German premiere of chamber opera Z by the Greek composer Minas Borboudakis is also part of the Festival Studio in the Reithalle, followed by the world premiere Requiem für einen Lebenden. The Bayerisches Staatsballett will be presenting two world premieres: Duo in Nanine Linning's choreography and Hans Abrahamsen's music, and a choreography by Andrey Kaydanovskiy as part of À Jour-Contemporary Choreographies. At the end of July, Georg Friedrich Handel's Agrippina will premiere at the Prinzregententheater.

The Festival Premieres 2019


Salome demands the head of the prophet, John the Baptist, who has rejected her, from her lustful stepfather – and bound by an oath, he cannot deny her. In keeping with the theme of the season, ALL THINGS JUST, in Salome,  the rules of our life together are being re-negotiated.

Richard Strauss
Premiere: 27 June 2019
Conductor: Kirill Petrenko
Production: Krzysztof Warlikowski
With Marlis Petersen, Wolfgang Koch, Pavol Breslik, Michaela Schuster, Wolfgang Ablinger-Sperrhacke


In this breathtaking political thriller everything appears at first to be fine on the stage of power: The Roman Emperor Claudius is said to have drowned while returning from his successful campaign against the Britons. His wife Agrippina therefore seizes the moment for Nero, her son from her first marriage, to ascend to the throne. Indeed the librettist Vincenzo Grimani, wrote a libretto that is not only historically precise, but which also twists and turns with the most diverse watershed moments and chicanery surrounding the Vatican throne, so much that, at the end the question here is practically – are there winners, losers and a lieto fine, or happy end, here at all? 

Georg Friedrich Händel
Premiere: 23 July 2019
Condcutor: Ivor Bolton
Production: Barry Kosky
With Franco Fagioli, Alice Coote, Gianluca Buratto, Elsa Benoit

Ballet Premiere

Under the title Young Choreographers, Igor Zelensky continued a format at the Bayerisches Staatsballett in 2017, which is dedicated to contemporary young talent. From the season 2018/19, the series with À Jour - Contemporary Choreographies not only receives a new title, but also a new direction. The focus is on the presentation of works by international, up-and-coming and established choreographers who create world premieres for and with the dancers of the Bayerisches Staatsballett. World premiere: June 28, 2019 at the Prinzregententheater

À Jour - Contemporary choreographies
World Premiere: 28 June 2019 at Prinzregententheater

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Premieres of the Festival Studio

„MOSES“ (2018)

Modern musical theatre and more: In our festival programme we are constantly searching for the new and unusual. The setting for this is our Festival Workshop, which this year will once again be held in the Reithalle. Four pieces celebrate their world premiere in the Festival Workshop.

Personal Empowerment
A musical tour of the Utrecht, Caravaggio und Europa exhibition in the Alte Pinakothek

Premiere: 18 June 2019
Musical rehearsal: Tobias Trudinger
Stage design: Georgine Balk


Musical theatre project with young refugees and Munich’s youth with and without migrant backgrounds

World premiere: 19 June 2019
Direction: Jessica Glause
Composition: Benedikt Brachtl


Minas Borboudakis
Musical theatre in German for chamber orchestra, singers and choir. Libretto by Vangelis Hatziyannidis in the German translation by Michaela Prinzinger

German premiere: 1 July 2019 in the Reithalle
Direction: Kevin Barz
Conducted by: Minas Borboudakis


Nanine Linning
For 16 dancers and 9 musicians.
A choreography for 16 dancers to music by Hans Abrahamsen (born 1952)
Ten canons for nine instruments (2008)

World premiere: 12 July 2019
Conducted by: Gregor A. Mayrhofer
Concept / Choreography: Nanine Linning


Requiem für einen Lebenden
Musical theatre for three performers, flute, clarinet, violin, violoncello, piano, drum and live electronics

Libretto by Reto Finger

World premiere: 21 July 2019
Composition: Felix Leuschner
Concept and direction: Manuel Schmitt

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Twelve more operas within six weeks

Otello: Jonas Kaufmann (Otello), Anja Harteros (Desdemona)

In addition to the new productions of the 2018/19 season, the Festival programme also feature’s seven further operas: In Norma Sonya Yoncheva sings the title role as conducted by Andrea Battistoni; Riccardo Massi is Pollione. Nina Stemme can be enjoyed in Giacomo Puccini’s Turandot. Thomas Søndergård conducts. Aylin Perez embodies the title role in La traviata at Attaya Alan’s side. Plácido Domingo returns to the Bayerische Staatsoper stage as Giorgio Germont. Asher Fish conducts Umberto Giordano’s Andrea Chénier in the staging by Philipp Stölzl. Singers include Stefano La Colla (Andrea Chénier), Anja Harteros (Maddalena) and Željko Lučić (Gérard). Performances of The Marriage of Figaro with Alex Esposito in the title role and L´elisir d´amore with Pretty Yende and Pavol Breslik in the main roles complement the programme. The Festival concludes on 31 July with Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg.

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The Bayerisches Staatsballett at the Festival

Portrait Wayne McGregor

In addition to the ballet festival premiere,  À Jour ‒ Modern choreographies for the Bayerisches Staatsballett, the new productions of Jewels and Portrait Wayne McGregor also return to the programme.

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Lieder recitals and Festival concerts

Anna Netrebko (Foto: Dario Acosta)
Anna Netrebko (Photo: Dario Acosta)

One singer, one pianist: No more is required for emotionally gripping music. Our lieder recitals demonstrate this in a special, sometimes really very intimate way. Anna Netrebko and Bryn Terfel can be enjoyed with Malcolm Martineau in the Nationaltheater.

This year Anne Sofie von Otter and Kristian Bezuidenhout will also appear at the Cuvilliés Theatre with a lieder recital. Together with Camillo Radicke, Marlis Petersen will present her new programme, Dimensionen: Anderswelt at the Prinzregententheater, in which she focuses on magical figures such as nature spirits, elves and nymphs in works ranging from Edvard Grieg to Johannes Brahms, to Franz Schreker. Christian Gerhaher and Gerold Huber also once again present a programme with the festival, this time at the Prinzregententheater with lieder by Britten, Brahms and Mussorgsky.

» All lieder recitals at a glance

Familiar and unfamiliar, favourite pieces and rarities – the festival concerts are also extremely diverse once again this year: From piano trios and quartets, to a recital by our violist Adrian Mustea, through to baroque trio sonatas and a festival baroque concert. With a special format, Erwin Schrott also whisks the audience away to the musical world and rhythms of Latin America.

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"Opera for all": Two evenings with Kirill Petrenko

"Opera for all" 2018

Once again this season, together with BMW Munich, we invite you to two open-air opera experiences. On both evenings, General Music Director Kirill Petrenko takes over the musical direction.

Opera for all with Kirill Petrenko Vol 1: Salome

On July 6, 2018, we will broadcast Richard Strauss' Salome live from the Nationaltheater onto Max-Joseph-Platz. In the new production staged by Krzysztof Warlikowski Marlis Petersen, Wolfgang Koch, Michaela Schuster and Wolfgang Ablinger-Sperrhacke take on the main parts. The transmission can also be followed online via STAATSOPER.TV.

Opera for all with Kirill Petrenko Vol 2: Festival Concert

The open-air concert on 20 July 2019 at Marstall-Platz will also be conducted by General Music Director Kirill Petrenko. On the programme are pieces by George Gershwin and extracts of Broadway Musicals. The evening will begin with the Youth Orchestra of the Bayerisches Staatsorchester, ATTACCA and the ouverture from the Musical Funny Face.

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How to get tickets for the Festival

You can make a ticket request for the Munich Opera Festival 2019 as of immediately. Processing of all orders begins on 1 February 2019. All orders received by then will be handled with equal importance.

The first sales day of the Munich Opera Festival 2019 is on 19 January 2019 from 10 am to 7 pm at the Marstallplatz 5 box office. On this day, ticket quotas of category V to VIII will be sold for opera and ballet performances, and lieder recitals in the Nationaltheater, as will ticket quotas of all categories for all remaining performances of the Festival Workshop. All organisational details on arrangements for the first sales day will be announced with the festival brochure and here in autumn 2018.

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